Headlands Center for the Arts

Covert Operations:
Hacking the Landscape

Due to scheduling conflicts, Headlands Center for the Arts will be canceling its Fall Workshops. We look forward to working with our Fall Workshop partners on future on-site collaborations.

Liam Young (AIR ’11) and Kate Davies of the nomadic design group Unknown Fields Division as they take up temporary residence at Headlands. Employing contemporary surveillance technology to map the post-militarized Marin Headlands, the group will hack the landscape to imagine extraordinary futures.

Collaborators assembled from the worlds of art, architecture, and technology will guide sorties across diverse local terrains. Laser-scan forests using hi-res, long range optics; deploy infrared night vision cameras to peer through the mist; and build a fleet of drones to map from above. In these shifting fields of nature and artifice, participants will re-examine preservationist attitudes toward the natural world, the ecologically fragile, and the technologically obsolete.

Program Details

Workshops are held at Headlands’ historic artist-renovated site, and include:

  • Intensive project work, both solo and group-based
  • Excursions into surrounding national park
  • Chef-prepared meals among peers in the Mess Hall
  • Option of on-site housing in former-officer’s quarters for the full Headlands experience



  • $550 tuition
  • $525 private room in communal house (5 days)
  • $425 board (3 meals a day for 5 days)
Total: $1,500 


  • $550 tuition
  • $425 board (3 meals a day for 5 days)
Total: $975

(Payment due upon acceptance to the program)


  • Must be able to commit to week-long, full-day and evening sessions

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated experience relative to particular topic
  • Interest in collaborative practice and investigation

Selection Process

  • Headlands’ staff reviews application for completeness and eligibility
  • Unknown Fields Division and staff review applicant experience, portfolio of prior work, and statements of interest
  • Accepted applicants notified